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The Communist Manifesto [Kindle Edition]

Friedrich Engels , Karl Marx
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"L.M. Findlay's excellent translation of The Communist Manifesto, embedded in a splendid introduction and a most carefully chosen appendix of Marx and Engels pieces, superbly places this nineteenth-century classic in an extraordinary historical context. There is no other edition at the moment that can match its quality in terms of translation, and its substance in terms of historical context." (Renate Holub, Director, Interdisciplinary Studies)

"Findlay engages the reader by depicting how personal and historical events shaped the thinking of Marx and Engels. At the same time, he clarifies why Marx and Engels pursue the manifesto format, explains its historical significance as a political genre, and highlights the importance of Marxist concerns in the post-industrial, post-Cold War era. Combined with the excellent array of appendices, Findlay's translation should enrich readers' understanding of the Manifesto's historical context and help solidify their understanding of the fundamentals of Marxism." (Bryon Moraski)

"Findlay's new edition of The Communist Manifesto is very scholarly, and the additional documents are a real bonus, providing an interesting context for the work. All in all, this is an excellent edition." (Walter Adamson)

"A great teaching text." (James Tully) --Online

About the Author

Karl Heinrich Marx, (5 May 1818 14 March 1883) was a Prussian-German philosopher and revolutionary socialist. His ideas played a significant role in the establishment of the social sciences and the development of the socialist movement. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for our understanding of labor and its relation to capital, and has influenced much of subsequent economic thought. He published numerous books during his lifetime, the most notable being The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Capital (1867 1894).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A must read! September 14, 2014
By Kirk
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If you love Ayn Rand, then you'll love this thing too! It's just as ranty, but even less coherent!

The people who wrote this thing must have been drunk. And got drunker as the pages went on. Seriously, this is not an ideological thing here. This thing is a real pain to get through and just really becomes a rant. They don't even lay out their ideology! I'm not kidding. If you think, "Oh, I'm gonna read this to find out what communist ideals are" you are in for a surprise!

The whole thing is a lot of complaining about how the other left wing parties are stupid or sellouts or just not real communists. Yes, the communists that wrote this thing hated on other communists in other countries. They didn't really say what policy or whatnot was the problem, they just didn't think they were real communists. What a joke.

At least Atlas Shrugged started off good before turning into a pile. And at least I knew what Ayn Rand stood for at the end of the thing. Why it had to go on and on and on and on I have no idea, but whatever.

To be fair, I guess I do know what the communists stood for. Endless complaining. No solutions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book January 27, 2014
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It's neat how something that was written so long ago still has the ability to clearly explain things that are still happening today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review of product June 23, 2013
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a good and accessible edition. Print size makes reading easy and the kindle makes an essential text very available for me
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended March 21, 2014
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"A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of Communism."

PROs:

* One of the most influential books of all time that changed the world

* Unique view of how history has progressed

* Compelling critique of capitalism

* Introduces a completely novel economic system

CONs:

* Many of the complaints lodged against capitalism do not hold nearly as much weight now

* Hard to fully comprehend without a pretty good understanding of European history and economic history

"The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed."

The Communist Manifesto covers a very large amount of information in a very short amount of time. This inevitably means that the statements made are not fully supported, but this is not the point of a manifesto, the purpose of which is to powerfully and coherently state a set of goals for a particular party.

I think the first part of the manifesto was the most interesting. In it a unique (but brief) evaluation of history is given, with Marx's famous "class struggle" statement. It is concluded that all antagonisms and conflicts in history have their root in class warfare (nobleman and serf, freeman and slave, etc.) Up until Marx's time, each epoch in history had many different classes, and each time a lower classes would rebel against the upper class minority, the only thing accomplished would be a reconstructed class system with the same root problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basics of Communism and Its Effects on the Proletarian August 19, 2014
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Communist Ideology briefly explained in complex terminology. The reader is taken through the history of origination of Communism with emphasis on the need to stabilize the living standards of the people of the world under one common principle of equality.
Some basic principles of Communism like abolition of private property acquiring rights, abolition of inheritance rights and nationalization of production are worth noting down. The emergence of the powerful Bourgeois (middle class) from the feudal lordship and its dominance over a period of time leading to subjugation of the Proletarian (working class) has given a new meaning to Communist ideology.
The major aim of Communism is to raise the Proletarian to the stage of political ruling class thus overthrowing the Bourgeois supremacy. The Communists therefore support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things in the Bourgeois society.
The reader might not understand many terms used by the authors unless and until he has an idea about the economic scenario of his country. Quite complex at times and the ideology goes above the heads of many until read more than once. This hand book gives the basic idea of how a Communist Manifesto works but does not spell out much about the benefits of the ideology at large. It could have been better if some illustrations were included in between, for easy understanding.

My rating is 2.5 out of 5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marx tells it like it is. Scary. March 31, 2014
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Wow.. no wonder this book was demonized! If more people will read this book: people will wake the hell up!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening June 21, 2013
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I must admit I'd never read this book. But now it is easy to understand why communism had to fail. A philosophy based mostly on rage and confused thinking. So I loved it because with a few hours of redaing, it provided me with brilliant hindsight. If you still have doubts about the feasibility of communism, read this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Socialism renamed! August 3, 2013
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In 1845, European Socialists held a convention in London, England. The organizers hired a young man to monitor and write a narrative of the convention including all motions and position statement passed subject only to review and senior authorship by an older and better known German economist. The young man described the convention as an evolutionary process and titled his product "A Socialist Manifesto". The Senior author stressed Revolution, edited and retitled the manuscript "The Communist Manifesto". The young author was Friedrich Engels. The Senior author was Karl Marx. If you wish to understand the politics of today, this is a must read! A careful reading of this classic-if not read previously- will (probably) amaze you!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Glad I read it as it gave me a new ...
Glad I read it as it gave me a new perspective on where communists and socialists are coming from, but since the authors were apparently morons (albeit with good intentions) I had... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Cap'n
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest political literature on
Does not wait for my review. One of the greatest political literature on earth
Published 2 days ago by shyamalendu majumdar
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing how powerful these ideas are
A Classic! Amazing how powerful these ideas are!
Published 14 days ago by Emily W
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Published 17 days ago by Alokesh Bagchi
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read and very dated in the reasoning.
The book was fairly difficult to read because of the language and vocabulary of the time being so much different than today. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Dale Beaty
1.0 out of 5 stars Anti Progress
It is a bunch of senseless, anti progress, liberal garbage.
Published 24 days ago by Caleb Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everyone should read it.
Published 26 days ago by Judy Cabito
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ideas we should ask follow
I love this, I've absorbed every piece of information and truly believe that we as a world should incorporate more Communistic attitudes into our political systems
Published 26 days ago by chaannie
3.0 out of 5 stars One must take with a grain of salt.
Great insight, well worth the time to educate oneself of motivation political propaganda.
Published 27 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Capitalist should read this book for educational purposes.
First, I did not agree with it. It is a good read in order to understand another political view point. It places little value on religion. The individual is inferior to the State. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Larry Hamilton
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